Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Prepare for a career in government, law, policy, politics, or any profession in which an understanding of the political system is needed with a political science major at Bellarmine.

Why earn your Political Science degree at Bellarmine?

Students in Bellarmine’s Political Science Program have a remarkable opportunity to study various aspects of Political Science from both inside and outside the classroom. Not only do students study American government, political thought, international politics, and political data within the classroom, Bellarmine’s Political Science students can participate in valuable learning opportunities through political and legal internships, study abroad programs, and student political club events.

Bellarmine’s Political Science students graduate with well-rounded learning experiences that prepare them for their many chosen careers. The 120-hour course requirements develop the whole person through legal, historical, social and philosophical studies. In conjunction with the general education requirements, students get a holistic understanding of Political Science, which allows them to thrive in their future careers in federal, state, and local government, the military, law, political campaigns, fundraising, political advocacy, international organizations, teaching, finance, public relations, coaching, business, advertising, and higher education administration. Students complete the program with the skills that potential employers want and need.

What is Political Science?

Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields.

Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world…Political science students gain the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

From the American Political Science Association website.

Program Highlights

The Political Science Program educates students in the areas of American government, law, political theory, international politics and research methodology. Students acquire knowledge about the variety of approaches adopted within the discipline of political science and their interaction. The program encourages political participation through internships and extracurricular activities and prepares students for graduate school, law school, and careers in government and many other related professions in which an understanding of politics and the political system is needed.

Study Abroad

Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options around the globe. Learn what opportunities are available to you below.

Alumna Story

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“Bellarmine’s Political Science Program is the reason why Bellarmine feels like home to me. Deciding to become a Political Science major was one of the best decisions I ever made because it is a flexible major and allows you to explore different topics and potentially do a double-major. You are also able to dive into your personal interests with professors that care about you and will help you meet your true potential.”

Kayla Martin ’19

Career Prospects

Bellarmine graduates of the Political Science Program go on to almost every imaginable occupation, including federal, state, and local government, the military, law, political campaigns, fundraising, political advocacy, international organizations, teaching, finance, public relations, coaching, business, advertising, and higher education administration.

Recent graduates have pursued graduate degrees at Asbury University, Auburn University, Bellarmine University, Columbia University, Hebrew Union College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University (Chicago), Morehead State University, Nagoya University (Japan), Ohio University, Rutgers University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern College of Optometry, Spalding University, University of Cincinnati, University of Leeds (England), University of Louisville, University of Melbourne (Australia), Wake Forest University, and Xavier University.

Graduates have gone to law schools at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-Indianapolis, University of Cincinnati, Marquette University, Lewis & Clark, George Mason University, UCLA, and the University of Notre Dame.

Political Science Outstanding Graduates:
2007: Daniel B. Elliott
2008: Addie Erwin
2009: Danielle Reesor Bladford
2010: Rachel Bledsoe Albritton
2011 (Fall): Kasey Fehler Simpson
2011 (Spring): Bethany Morse
2012: Benjamin Siegel
2013: Aaron Williams
2014: Wesley Scott
2015: Angela London
2016: Patrick Griffo
2017: Thomas Gunnar Kehrt-Reese
2018: Alexandria Thompson
2019: Kayla Martin

Recent Graduates Who are Elected Officials:
Daniel B. Elliott, Representative, Kentucky Legislature, House District 54

Current Students Who are Elected Officials:
Brett Ashley, Councilmember, City of Watterson Park


Internships

Bellarmine students participate in a wide variety of internships in law firms, organizations, businesses, government, political campaigns, nationally in Washington, D.C. or internationally.

“My legal internship at Bellarmine helped shape the path that led me to where I am today. The internship was my first real life glimpse into what the legal world entails. I had a chance to learn about legal research, client interviews, court proceedings and so much more. My internship was the ‘final stepping stone’ for me to decide if I wanted to apply to law school. It was a long road through law school, exams and eventually the bar exam, but today I’m a prosecutor and I have the pleasure of helping victims of crimes every day that I step into the courtroom. I will always be thankful for my first and ‘final stepping stone.’ –Ajla Hakalovic (2014)

On-Campus Experiences

Student Involvement

National Honor Society: The Political Science program has membership in the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society for students who qualify and wish to join.

Pre-Law Society is an organization geared to students who plan to attend law school upon completion of their undergraduate program. Its goal is to prepare students for law school admission through on-site law school visits, interviews with law school representatives, LSAT mock exams, guest lecturers discussing careers in the field of law, and other extracurricular activities.

English-Speaking Union Scholarships at Bellarmine: Seven out of the last ten years, Political Science majors have been recipients of the award. The students who received this scholarship studied at the University of Oxford (England) during the summer.

Political Science Club exists to foster political participation with majors and non-majors alike. It is non-partisan and believes in open discussion and focuses on educating students on civic duties, such as voting, volunteering, and grassroots organizations.

College Democrats of Bellarmine University exists to enhance students’ participation in the political process, engage in political action, increase political knowledge, and support the ideals of the Democratic Party.

College Republicans of Bellarmine exists to foster Republican Party values at the local, state, and national levels. The organization helps to foster community involvement, political awareness, and political activism, both on campus and in outside communities.

Libertarian Club engages people with the basic principles of libertarianism, including individualism, independence, and self-interest and expands upon these principles in different contexts.

Faculty

Timothy K. Welliver, Ph.D., Chair, Department of History and Political Science (email)
Aaron D. Hoffman, Ph.D. (email)
Lee R. Remington, J.D., Ph.D. ( email)
Casey L. Baugher, M.Sc., Adjunct Faculty, Political Science (email)
Christopher J. Coyle, MPS, Adjunct Faculty, Political Science (email)
Joseph B. Cecil, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Political Science (email)

Faculty Profiles

Accreditation

Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

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